Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market
  • Millennials, Gen Z, and social media play a big role in the rise of specialty food products.

  • Chef Robert Irvine discusses how specialty foods are no longer on the sidelines in the food service industry.

Consumers today have higher expectations for the foodservice industry. Millennials and Gen Z specifically are looking for specialty foods that offer more options for a healthier diet.

Whether it’s creating new chef-inspired meals and products, or chefs using specialty food products in their menus, the specialty food industry is on the rise. Earning in $140.3 billion within the last year, there is a convergence between chefs and specialty food makers to meet these expectations.

At the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Foodable’s Paul Barron sat down with Robert Irvine, celebrity chef, and owner of Robert Irvine Foods, as they discussed the role of specialty food in foodservice and the latest dining trends.


Read More

These Consumer Trends Are Driving Restaurant Growth and Contraction

These Consumer Trends Are Driving Restaurant Growth and Contraction

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron analyzes Foodable Labs data around two generations that are causing major shakeups in the restaurant industry: Millennials and Generation Z. We look at the frequency of restaurant visits, guest counts, and popular social platforms within these groups to give your concept insights into how to win with this major market segment. 

Read More

Is Casual Dining Over?

Is Casual Dining Over?
  • What's the future for brands like Applebee's and Chili's? 

  • Are millennials killing the casual dining industry? 

On this episode of Plugged In, Paul Barron looks at millennial social restaurant visit traffic (SRVs) in casual dining, as a predictor of the decline in casual dining sales. Foodable Labs has tracked a decline in millennial SRVs across the board in traditional casual dining establishments. The new millennial consumers seem to no longer resonate with legacy brands like Applebees and Chili's. 

However, traffic is up in new age casual dining at places like Matchbox and Coopers Hawk.  All is not lost, even with expansion halted and stores closing, there is a recipe for resurrecting these legacy casual dining brands. Watch Plugged In for more!

Read More

With Beef Production Projected to Increase; Marketers Go After Millennials

With Beef Production Projected to Increase; Marketers Go After Millennials

“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” slogan is back!

Earlier this month, the beef industry released a social-media campaign ending with its throwback slogan, first introduced almost 25 years ago.

The online-only campaign from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is said to be “aimed at millennials that have childhood memories of the slogan and want to know more about their food,” according to “The Wall Street Journal.”

Something that is interesting about the commercial is how the old nursery rhyme, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” serves as inspiration for the narration of the video while the storyline is modernized to give a behind-the-scenes look to how technology is helping farmers do their job today.

“The association revived the campaign to appeal to young consumers—especially millennial parents—who want to know the origins of their food, while playing homage to the beef brand,” Alisa Harrison, senior vice president of global marketing and research at the Beef Association told “The Wall Street Journal.”

Read More